Kenneth Edwin Eickhoff, 81, of Fountain, died on April 10, 2017, at Gundersen Harmony Care Center.

He was born May 28, 1935, to Edwin and Edna (Kohlmeyer) Eickhoff in rural Wykoff.

The family farmed in the Fountain area.

He attended country school for kindergarten through the fourth grade, then attended St. John’s Lutheran through the eighth grade, graduating from Wykoff High School in 1953.

He worked with his father on the family farm following graduation.

From 1955 to 1957, he served in the Army.

In 1957, he met Dianna Thompson. They were married on Aug. 29, 1959, at Henrytown Lutheran Church.

He farmed all his life, milking cows, raising pigs and also crops.

He loved coaching basketball and softball. He was also an avid Minnesota Twins fan. He was very interested in his children and grandchildren’s lives, always wondering about their ball games and working life.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dianna; children, Mark (Jodi) Eickhoff, Michell (Bruce) Hovelson and Misty (Nate) Heusinkveld; grandchildren, Josalyn (Tyler Chase), Tyler, Makaila, Alexandra, Shayne, Lucas and Kensie; great-grandchildren, Zoey and Madalyn; siblings, Harriet Harstad, Ronald (Sharon) Eickhoff and Carol (Bill) Jeffers; also many nieces and nephews and his good friend, Dave Knutson.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Marcia Udenberg; sister, Arlene Scheunemann; brothers-in-law, Don Scheunemann, Jim Harstadand and Lyle Utley; nephew, David Scheunemann and niece, Sandy Utley.

A memorial service for him was on Wednesday, April 19, at Henrytown Lutheran Church in Canton with the Rev. Dean Safe officiating. A private family committal service will follow at a later date.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro is assisting the family with arrangements.

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